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As the new school term approaches, we take a look at celebrities who excelled in the classroom
1. Gabrielle Union – The US actress earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Los Angeles (UCLA)
7. Vybz Kartel – The dancehall star earned a degree in Teaching from the University of the West Indies. Shocked? Yes, we were too!
2. Kourtney Kardashian – The oldest member of the Kardashian clan studied theatre arts at the University of Arizona
8. Tinchy Stryder – When the UK rapper gets bored of music, at least he has his Animation degree to fall back on
3. Ludacris – As well as a successful career under his belt, the Jingalin rapper also has a Music Management degree to fall back on
9. Common – The handsome US rapper majored in Business Administration at Florida A&M University
15. Thandie Newton – The actress earned a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Cambridge University
4. Emeli Sande – The Scottish singer studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Beauty and brains!
10. Naomie Harris – The 28 Days Later star studied Social and Political sciences at the prestigious Cambridge University
16. Perri Shakes Drayton – The UK hurdler studied Science at Brunel University
5. Plies – The US rapper gained a degree Nursing (yes, you heard us right) at the University of South Florida 6. DaVinChe – The south London producer has a degree in Classical Music. He also performed a classical concert for the BBC.
11. JME – Boy Better Know member studied Software Engineering at the University of Greenwich 12. M.I.A – It’s by no stretch of the imagination that the colourful Roc Nation rapper holds a degree in Visual Arts
13. Tyra Banks – America’s Next Top Model host is the poster child for adult learning after recently gaining a business degree at Harvard Business School 14. Ice Cube – The rapper turned actor studied Architectural Drafting at Phoenix Institute of Technology
17. Lil Jon – The Atlanta rapper had recently been studying English Language. It is believed that he tried to keep this from the public over fears it would ruin his reputation 17. D’Banj – The Nigerian afrobeats star studied Engineering at Lagos State University (LASU)
Chanté Whiteman A STUDENT from north London is on her way to Sheffield University to study maths and French after achieving two As and a B, in maths, French and chemistry, respectively. “My attitude is that tuition fees have gone up, and we might not like it, but that’s the way it is,” said Chanté Whiteman. “I really want to go to university and I know that good things will happen for me if I do. It will be expensive, but it’s a privilege to go to university and so it is well worth the sacrifice.” Whiteman,
earned a place at Mill Hill County, a high-performing selective school, thanks to her talent for dance. But she has other plans for her academic future. She said: “It is really important to speak a second language, but I wanted to do maths as well. Whiteman added: “Not many universities offer that, so there wasn’t a wide range to choose from. I went to visit Sheffield and was really impressed. It’s a great uni, and the vibe was really friendly”.
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UK rapper Sincere talks to YV’s Akilah Russell about his rise to fame, love of fashion and exposes singer Loick Essien
’VE BEEN a fan since you released your second ever track, One Day You’ll
see,” I blurt out when I speak to British rapper, Sincere. He lets out a modest laugh. “That’s gangster. In fact, that came out just after I released my
single, That’s Not Gangsta,” he adds. And who can forget that street anthem? If like me you were one of the teenagers who religiously watched urban music channel Channel AKA (back in the day it was called Channel U) then that song and catchphrase is likely to be engraved on your mind! Coming from such humble beginnings, how did this east London native build his brand and rise to the dizzying heights of mainstream success? “Basically after That’s Not Gangsta and One Day You’ll See, I decided to make my film, So Sincere, which featured UK rappers Wretch 32, Bashy and Scorcher. Then I released a single from the film’s soundtrack called Reppin London, which featured Scorcher and D double E.” He continues: “After that I starting working with a lot of bands and stuff. I worked with an artist called Natty to make Once Upon A Time. Then I released another single Good Girls Love Bad Boys. During that time I signed to Virgin Records and it did really well.” Despite his aforementioned success, which included a performance at the world famous Glastonbury Festival in 2009, Sincere decided to take a break.
He explains: “My next single after Good Girls was a song called Pass It Over, but then I decided to take a break to concentrate on my mixtapes, because I felt like I was just making single after single without getting the chance to release a complete body of work. “When I decided to make singles again I released Ain’t Nobody Like You, which did incredibly well and resulted in me signing to Mercury Records. And today we are onto the new single, Déjà vu. “That’s the quick two minute version of how I made it!” Music is not the only industry Sincere has conquered. The Young Entrepreneurs record label founder has now launched his own fashion line, XYE. “The X symbolises just what it does in mathematics - anything. It can be anything, it is forever changing and we always wanted to make sure that we are current and fresh,” he says. “I started my own clothing line because I wanted to get my own style across to people who are fans of my music and like what I do. I want them to share the experience of having fly clothes to wear!” he laughs. Solidifying his passion for fashion, he goes on to reveal his top
three style icons. “Karl Lagerfeld, because he has that one look that he never changes. Like how do you wear the same thing everyday? That’s gangster. Kanye is an obvious one and then David Beckham.” In a bid to goad him into giving me some juicy backstage gossip, we move seamlessly onto the ‘most crazy tour stories’. “Loick Essien almost passing out at the Wretch tour!” he says without hesitation.
The former Destiny’s Child singer has landed a role in new BET comedy series What Would Dylan Do.
Still laughing, he continues: “Wait, no! Loick Essien was at a show in Brighton but he kept shouting out Birmingham. He said it like 10 times, funniest thing ever!” On his new single Déjà Vu, he adds: “I just wanted to capture a great night out. You know how a song can just make your night? Well, I want to create that feeling!” Déjà Vu is released on September 9 through Mercury/Def
The singer has ended his four-year feud with fellow singer R Kelly, calling him his ‘idol’ in a recent interview.
I did not do well on my GCSEs. My form tutor suggested that I retake some of them but I feel too disappointed to even try. I found year 11 really hard because I had to deal with some family issues and I think it affected my grades. At one stage I wasn’t sure if I could even sit any at exams all. Should I firm it and retake some of the subjects or should I just get a job?
Kynikka, Hounslow, 16
LL COOL J:
I’m really sorry to hear this. I can only imagine how disappointed you must’ve felt. But in the midst of your disappointment, please remember that GCSEs are just the start and by no means the end. You can, as you’ve explained above, retake the subjects you didn’t do quite so well in, should you wish. I don’t see any harm in doing that. Do your teachers know that you experienced a rough time personally last year? If not, maybe it’s worth talking to them. I’m sure that must have had some affect on your grades. It’s worth also contacting your college to see whether they’ll accept you on the grades that you achieved – with a promise to work harder if accepted into their institution. Please don’t be too hard on yourself and allow these grades to define who you are.
It was a case of life imitating art for rapper turned NCIS actor when he caught and apprehended an intruder at his LA home.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Following Rihanna’s tell-all interview with Oprah, Joyce Hawkins, the angered mother of the Bajan singer’s ex, Chris Brown, took to her Twitter page to post a message believed to be aimed at the Rude Boy star.
All the best, Andréa, north London
Sophia, south London
Chris Brown and mum
“NOT UNTIL YOU TELL THE TRUTH WILL YOU EVER BE FREE! PEACE SOMETIMES COMES WITH A PRICE.”
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